OGUN JUDICIAL RESEARCH OFFICERS CHARGED ON OBJECTIVITY

CASES FOR JUDGEMENT BEFORE: JUSTICE E.A FABAMWO ON THURSDAY THE 28TH DAY OF JULY, 2022
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Judicial Research Officers (JROs) in Ogun State have been charged not to have any pre-conceived notion in the course of court proceedings but to maintain objectivity while gathering information.

The State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu gave the charge at the maiden conference of the Judicial Research Officers held at the Judiciary Complex, Olipakala, Kobape in Abeokuta.

Declaring the conference open, Justice Dipeolu admonished the research officers to be resourceful and inventive.

“To be a proficient research officer, you must be open minded, adopt critical way of thinking, be hardworking, diligent,focused , well clad and  devoted to their specific field of interest” the Chief Judge implored

Speaking on the theme of the conference tagged “The Accomplished Research Officer in Contemporary Nigeria, the Chief Judge opined that to be an accomplished research officers, one must be responsible for the provision of timely research while keeping abreast of the latest development in the legal field, giving administrative and research support to the Judges as may be directed with a view to prompt disposition of cases.

Other responsibilities according to the chief Judge includes conducting and updating of legal research on core issues raised in the course of court proceedings or investigations as identified by the Judge, organising factual and legal materials following any research and arranging presentation of the matter in a structured and coherent manner, attending court hearings and ensuring authenticity of records of proceedings emanating from the court.

The Chief Judge added that versatility in the use of electric legal libraries and undertaking research and retrieving such specified information as required, assisting in the drafting of rules and legal opinions and proficiency in the use of ICT in the performance of a researcher duties are part of responsibilities that guides a modern researcher.

In his welcome address, the State Chairman of the Judicial Research Officers, Mr Arowomo Oluwaseyi appreciated the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu for His Lordship charismatic leadership at ensuring that research officers were aided with relevant research materials and equipment needed to make their duties progressive in nature.

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